Janusz Bugajski

American political consultant

Janusz Bugajski (born 23 September 1954 in Nantwich, Cheshire, England) is a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation[1] in Washington, D.C.

Janusz Bugajski
Born (1954-09-23) 23 September 1954 (age 69)
Nantwich, Cheshire, England, UK
Alma materUniversity of Kent at Canterbury, London School of Economics and Political Science
Occupationpolitical scientist

He is also the host of the television show "Bugajski Hour", which is broadcasted in the Balkans. He previously served as a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)[2] in Washington, D.C. and served as director of the New European Democracy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).[3]

From 1981 to 1983, Bugajski worked as a consultant on Polish affairs at BBC television in London. In 1984–1985, he worked as a senior research analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Munich, Germany. In 1986, he joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, where he established the Eastern European Division. Bugajski served as Associate Director from 1986 to 1993, and in 1993 became Director of East European Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.[4]

Bugajski has worked as a consultant on Eastern European affairs for organizations and US government agencies, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of Defense, the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Institute of Free Trade Unions (AFL–CIO), the Council on International Studies and Exchanges (IREX) and BBC Television in London.[5]

He regularly testifies before US Congress and is also the chair of the Southern and Central European Studies Program at the Diplomatic Service Institute of US State Department.

He is also a Jamestown Foundation analyst and one of the main speakers of Forum of the Free States of Postrussia (2022–present).

Life and career


Born to teacher Piotr Bugajski and Jadwiga (Kavska) Bugajski, he is of Polish descent and speaks English and Polish fluently. In 1977 he received a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Kent in Canterbury, Great Britain, and in 1981 he received a master's degree in philosophy and a doctorate in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.[4]

Bugajski was also an associate professor at American University in 1991; lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution, Institute of Diplomatic Service, Woodrow Wilson Center, a consultant to the International Republican Institute, the Council for International Studies and Exchanges, and the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe.[6]



Bugajski was awarded grants in 1988 from the Earhart Foundation, in 1989 from the Linda and Harry Bradley Foundation. In 1991, he received an award for leadership from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the United States Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Information Agency (USIA), and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in recognition of his contributions to international affairs.[6]

In 2010, he was awarded the Thanks of the Polish Free Trade Union Solidarity. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Editorial work


He is a regular contributor to various American and European newspapers and magazines.[7]

Bugajski’s publications include "Ethnic Politics in Eastern Europe: A Guide to Nationalities, Politics, Organizations, and Parties" (M. IS. Sharpe, 1994) and his book Nations in Turmoil: Conflict and Cooperation in Eastern Europe (Westview, 1992 and 1995), which was selected by Choice as an outstanding academic book.[8] It also reflects the tension between Russia and the West and Russian "neo-imperialism" in various conflict regions, such as the lessons of the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008.[9]

Selected editions


A list of publications is published on the CSIS homepage [10]

  • Failed State: A Guide to Russia's Rupture (Jamestown Foundation, 2022) ISBN 978-1-7352752-2-2 ;[11]
  • The Eurasian Divide: Russia's Vulnerable Flanks (Jamestown Foundation, 2016); ISBN 978-0-9855045-5-7
  • Conflict Zones: Comparing the North Caucasus and the Western Balkans (Jamestown Foundation, 2014); ISBN 978-0-9830842-9-7
  • Reclaiming the Balkans: Challenges to European Integration and US Disengagement (Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, 2013); ISBN 978-1-5848757-0-3
  • Lessons from Georgia: The Conflict of Russian and Western Interests in Wider Europe (CSIS Press, 2010); ISBN 978-0-8920660-6-3
  • Dismantling the West: Russia's Atlantic Agenda (Potomac Books, 2009); ISBN 978-1-5979721-0-9
  • America's New European Allies (Nova, 2009); ISBN 978-1-6069243-3-4
  • Expanding Eurasia: Russia's European Ambitions (CSIS, 2008); ISBN 978-0-8920654-5-5
  • Atlantic Bridges: America's New European Allies, with Ilona Teleki ( Rowman and Littlefield, 2007); ISBN 978-0-7425491-1-1
  • Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism (Praeger, 2004); ISBN 978-0-2759836-2-8
  • Political Parties of Eastern Europe: A Guide to Politics in the Post-Communist Era (ME Sharp, 2002); ISBN 978-1-5632467-6-0
  • Ethnic politics in Eastern Europe: A guide to national politics, organizations and parties (M. IS. Sharp, 1994); ISBN 978-1-5632428-2-3
  • Nations in Disarray: Conflict and Cooperation in Eastern Europe (Westview, 1993, 1995); ISBN 978-0-8133162-6-0
  • Fourth World Conflicts: Communism and Rural Societies (Westview, 1991); ISBN 978-0-8133807-2-8
  • Sandinista Communism and Rural Nicaragua (Praeger/CSIS, 1990); ISBN 978-0-2759353-5-1
  • East European Fault Lines: Dissent, Opposition, and Social Activism (Westview Press, 1989); ISBN 978-0-8133771-4-8
  • Czechoslovakia: A Decade of Charter 77 Dissent (Praeger/CSIS, 1987); ISBN 978-0-2759276-9-1

List of publications on the CEPA website [12]

  • Mind the Gap[13]
  • Vulnerable Europe[14]
  • Is Bosnia a ticking time bomb? [15]


  1. "Janusz Bugajski". Jamestown. Retrieved 2023-12-20.
  2. "Home". CEPA. Retrieved 2023-12-20.
  3. "CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies". www.csis.org. Retrieved 2023-12-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Janusz Bugajski". poles.org.
  5. "Janusz Bugajski". edrc.ro. Centrul de Resurse pentru Diversitate Etnoculturală.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Bugajski, Janusz 1954-". encyclopedia.com.
  7. Articles and Papers Archived 2013-02-03 at the Wayback Machine as well as presentations and interviews of Bugajski on the CSIS website.
  8. In WorldCat are listed until now 204 publlcations of Janusz Bugajski.
  9. "Georgian Lessons: Conflicting Russian and Western Interests in the Wider Europe" (PDF). CSIS New European Democracies Project and the Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Chair in Southeast European Studies, CSIS. November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2024-01-29.
  10. "complete list of Bugajski's books and monographs". csis.org.[permanent dead link]
  11. Janusz Bugajski (2022), Failed State: A Guide to Russia's Rupture (PDF), Washington, D.C.: The Jamestown Foundation, ISBN 9781735275222
  12. Center for European Policy Analysis, Center for European Policy
  13. Janusz Bugajski (10 April 2020), Mind the Gap, Center for European Policy Analysis
  14. Janusz Bugajski (4 March 2020), Vulnerable Europe, Center for European Policy Analysis
  15. Janusz Bugajski (6 January 2020), Is Bosnia a Time Bomb?, Center for European Policy Analysis

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